Hockey Player Loses a Chunk of His Ear After Being Hit in the Head by a Puck (Video)


Here’s a tip for all of you aspiring NHLers out there: don’t block slapshots with your head!

Washington Capitals defenseman Daniel Winnik just learned that lesson the hard way.

On Thursday night Winnik went down to block a shot by the Florida Panthers’ Reilly Smith late in the third period. However, instead of going down feet-first, with his head furthest from the most likely trajectory of the puck, Winnik went down head-first, putting his noggin in harm’s way. And unfortunately, the result was a glancing blow to the side of his head.

Take a look:

Winnik stayed down on the ice for a few minutes after that before being helped off to the locker room. Amazingly, he then returned to the Caps bench without even missing a shift. But according to Washington coach Barry Trotz, he was missing something else:

Look hockey dudes, I know you’re tough and you always put the team first, and that’s great! But please, dial it down a notch. This is a little ridiculous.

Hat Tip – [SB Nation]

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